Floyd Mayweather, Julio Cesar Chavez, Tim Tszyu and more: famous fighting sons in boxing

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Conor Benn headlines this week's Fight Camp event as he continues on his march to reach the heights enjoyed by his father, Nigel.

Here, DAZN News looks at other fighting sons in a sport filled with family lineage. Success levels for second-generation boxers varies, but 

Chris Eubank Jr 

Aiming to emulate the popularity of his father, Chris Eubank Sr, was going to be an almost impossible task for Chris Jr. The elder Eubank was a focal point of British boxing’s boom period in the early 1990s due to his showman antics both in and out of the ring. 

In 2011, Eubank Jr made his professional debut and his career has been largely successful. His one world title shot against George Groves in 2018 saw him fall short but wins against James DeGale and Matt Korobov since that loss means he still has a chance of repeating his father’s accomplishments and becoming a world champion. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr 

Arguably the best fighter of his generation, Floyd Mayweather Jr captured world titles in five divisions defeating a host of quality names along the way. As well as enjoying wins over the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather broke multiple PPV records along the way as he became the face of boxing during the latter years of his career. 

Floyd’s path in the sport was laid by his father who also enjoyed some professional success. Despite not enjoying the success that his son would later achieve, Floyd Mayweather Sr would have some notable contests including defeats to Sugar Ray Leonard and Marlon Starling. The elder Mayweather would also transfer his knowledge after retirement as he became one of the sport’s most respected trainers. 

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 

Even with the recent success of Canelo Alvarez, Mexican fight fans still point to Julio Cesar Chavez as their country’s best ever fighter. A legendary career took in well over 100 fights over a 25-year period, Chavez wowed audiences with his relentless style as he stayed near the top of P4P lists during the prime of his career.  

As his own career faded away, the journey of his son, Julio Jr, began. Becoming world champion in 2011, Chavez Jr would eventually lose his crown to Sergio Martinez before slipping into some miserable form. After enduring losses to Canelo and Danny Jacobs, Chavez Jr’s run-in boxing hit rock bottom earlier this year as he lost to former UFC star, Anderson Silva. 

Marvis Frazier 

One must feel sorry for the son of Joe Frazier when trying to match what his father achieved. One half of boxing’s greatest rivalry alongside Muhammad Ali, Frazier was a proper fighter who left everything in the ring. The first fighter to defeat Ali, Frazier’s place in boxing history was secure due to his incredible heroics in 1971. 

In 1980, just nine years after his father ruled the world, Marvis Frazier turned professional with dreams of becoming a champion just like his dad. After only 10 fights, Frazier was overmatched when challenging Larry Holmes for the latter’s world title and he was destroyed in one round. Mike Tyson would also hand Frazier an early loss in 1986 before the Philadelphia's career slipped into obscurity. 

Tim Tszyu 

Now the darling of Australian boxing, Tim Tszyu, like his father Kostya, has already won the hearts of his country with a number of destructive displays. Positioned near the business end of the dangerous 154lbs division, Tszyu is closing in on a world title shot as he looks to match the feats of his father over two decades ago.  

Then, Kostya, an outstanding amateur, proved his world level credentials with a destructive win over Jake Rodriguez. Further victories over the likes of Zab Judah and Sharmba Mitchell kept Tszyu at the top of the 140lbs league but his run as champion, as well as his career, was ended by Ricky Hatton in 2005.  

Campbell Hatton

And of course, supporting Benn on the Fight Camp bill on July 31st is the son of British legend and former world champion, the aforementioned 'Hitman'. Campbell has, by his own admission, looked rough around the edges in his first two professional fights, but is well aware of the learning curve as he looks to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a national hero.

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